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for mitt romney. can he hold onto those poll numbers. new poll numbers have him up five points in the midwest including the crucial battleground state in ohio. gallop pollsters say some of the bump in the polls that romney got after the debate is starting to drop off a bit. the producers of sesame street have asked obama's campaign to take down the big bird advertisement. the add mocks mitt romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting. romney says the president should spend more time on seersz issues. >>> mean tile, michelle obama traveled today to try to appeal to female voters. >> are we good right there? we got somebody downright here. we get water. we're coming. help is on the way. [ cheers and applause ] >> mrs. obama advised the crowd to bend their knees while standing for long stretches. the first lady continued her speech touting her husband's work and making sure the stunts can get the financial aid they need. >> a u.s. district court judge set some tougher, new rules and warned him not to break them. brown was ordered to return to court today because he
the hour. here's matt. >> all right, savannah, to the presidential race and a new poll showing mitt romney now leading president obama. we'll talk about that with senator john mccain in just a couple of minutes, but first nbc's peter alexander is on the campaign trail in newport news, virginia. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. as you noted, this race appears to be tightening now with exactly four weeks to go, and on monday mitt romney, trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief, attacked the president saying that the middle east has become a more dangerous place than when president obama took office. the latest pit stop in president obama's effort to reach his fund-raising goal of $1 billion, san francisco. >> we cannot afford to be complacent, and we cannot afford to be cynical. we've got to look back at the progress we've made, and that should give us confidence, but we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do. >> reporter: in virginia, a reinvigorated mitt romney may as we will have been singing in the rain, a downpour. >> people wo
. president obama spoke outside ohio state university. early polls show mitt romney leading the presidential race this morning. according to a gallup survey, the gop candidate leads 49%-47%. president obama leads another gallup poll that surveys registered votes. >>> a congressional committee will meet today to discuss last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the hearing is expected to focu on security missteps by the u.s. state department. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in the attack. a state department official will be along the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he's expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks and months before the attack. the man believed to be behind the anti-muslim film that sparked riots across the middle east is due in court today. a federal judge will decide if mark bassly youssef should be sent back to prison. prosecutors say youssef lied to prosecutors and used aliases. he was behind the 14-minute film called "innocence of
and we see it in the polling too that people are feeling better about the direction of the economy. that may hurt romney's argument by saying, you know, that we have to switch leadership at this point. >> before i let you go, let us know what is coming up on meet the press this morning. >> we will talk about this in our own debate setting and one on one interview with steven colbert in character and out of character as he talks about the political race and system he tries to expose. >> sounds like a good show. we will be watching. david, thanks. >> ai thanks, lester. >> you can catch the next presidential debate news night at 9:00 eastern, 6 awning pacific here on nbc. >> tom is over at the news desk. hey, good morning. >> good morning jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. another person died from the outbreak of a rare form of meningitis. 15 people have died and 198 people have been infected in more than a dozen states. >>> overseas where the shooting of a girl while on hes her way home from school horrified people in pakistan and internationally. the girl was shot for promoti
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